Southern Festival of Books
I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend at the Southern Festival of Books, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Festival was held on the War Memorial Plaza — right near the State Capitol, various legislative buildings, and assorted other state buildings. My panel was on Saturday afternoon — at the very end of the day — and it was held in a legislative room where visitors needed to clear security before being allowed entrance. I feared that I would be alone in the room.
My fears turned out to be totally unfounded. My co-panelist (Kristin O’Donnell Tubb) and I got to speak to a crowded room. In fact, here’s the view from the last row:
(I’m the little red blob that you can see at the center of the panel, far, far from the back.) Kristin and I each spoke for a few minutes, and we read from our books, and then we answered questions from the audience. After the panel, we traipsed over to the War Memorial Colonnade, and we signed books. I was thrilled to learn that the festival booksellers sold out of DARKBEAST, and they only had a handful of REBELLION left when I stopped by on Sunday afternoon.
The Festival was wonderfully well-organized. They took care of shuttles to and from the airport, and when I checked in, they presented me with a fun goody-bag, full of Tenneessee treats (moonpies, Goo-goo clusters, cashew brittle, and Jack Daniels!) Everyone was incredibly friendly and enthusiastic.
We had a good time in Nashville, aside from the Festival, as well. We visited the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame. We hiked out to the Parthenon, near Vanderbilt, and we trekked up the hill to the Capitol, to see the gravesite of James K. Polk (the only president who went to University of North Carolina, and therefore of interest to one of the people in our party 🙂 )
We enjoyed great food — barbecue at Jack’s and chicken fried steak at Puckett’s and pancakes at the Pancake Pantry. (For the latter, we met up with friends D and J, who drove into town to see us — we felt especially honored!) And we generally felt like we were away from home for a very nice trip!
Now, I’m back at home, trying to catch up on all the exciting work that drifted in over the long weekend…
So? Have you been to Nashville? If so, what did you think? And if not, what did *you* do on your weekend?